Waldo Lake Area


Image of Waldo Lake

Lying high on the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades, Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon (9.8 square miles with a maximum depth of 427 feet). Waldo is one of the purest lakes in the world. It has no permanent inlet to bring nutrients into the lake for plant growth. The lack of plant life contributes to its purity. You can see to depths of 120 feet on a calm day. See more photos.

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • Motorized boats are allowed on Waldo Lake when propelled by an electric motor and traveling less than 10 mph.
  • Islands are day use only, no overnight camping or campfires.
  • 14 day boat moorage limit; must be staying at Waldo Lake while mooring.
  • Floatplanes are prohibited.
  • Generator and chainsaw use are prohibited in undeveloped areas around Waldo Lake (see map).
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Closest food, gas and lodging are available in Crescent Lake Junction, Oregon

  • Some trails, day use sites, and all boat ramps require require a Recreation Pass
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

map of waldo lake area with trails and campgrounds 



Waldo Lake is a large natural lake, approximately 31 miles east of Oakridge and 70 miles from the Eugene, Springfield area. Waldo is located at an elevation of 5,414 feet in the Oregon Cascades.  To reach Waldo Lake from I-5, travel east on Highway 58 about 60 miles to the junction of Forest road 5897. Proceed north, eight miles to the south portion of the lake, or 14 miles to the northern reaches of the lake.


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Areas & Activities



  Area/Length : 
6272 Acres

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  Elevation : 
5414 feet